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Surfing the Web Started Fifteen Years Ago Today

As recounted in this 5-year-old Cincinnati Enquirer article:

.... On April 22, 1993, a group of University of Illinois students released a free piece of software to help people retrieve data more easily from computer networks: the first real Web browser. They called it, appropriately, Mosaic - for it put together the pieces of the online revolution.
The Internet had been around since the 1970s, and Britain's Tim Berners-Lee had created the World Wide Web in 1990, but the software for accessing it was text-based, difficult to use and not terribly interesting. Online content was mostly technical and scholarly data, text and numbers, a resource for academia.
But Mosaic, the first publicly available graphical browser, changed that. It combined text and graphics, making it easier, even fun, for the non-technical user to "surf" through a roiling ocean of data.
About 10,000 people started using Mosaic in April 1993....

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Tue. 04/22/08 09:13:38 AM
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